Episode 16: Meet Lilly Woodbury, Environmentalist, Writer and Chapter Manager at Surfrider Pacific Rim


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I have always dreamed of interviewing someone from Surfrider for this podcast. I was really interested in finding out what you have to do or be to get employed full time by the NGO and what the job entails.

This week, I got to sit down for a chat with Lilly Woodbury who is an environmentalist, a writer and a media specialist making waves within the non profit organisation Surfrider Pacific Rim. She’s based in Tofino, which is off the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Canada.

This Saturday (16 Februrary), Surfrider Pacific Rim is organizing a massive beach cleanup in Tofino, BC, Canada. This is perfect timing to get up to speed with what Surfrider is doing and to meet one of their key leaders: Lilly Woodbury.

Lilly is bubbling with energy and ideas and you could say that her Chapter, Surfrider Pacific Rim, is really setting the standard for all Surfiders around the world. From film festivals, to straw campaigns and sewing workshops, this Surfrider antenna is incredibly creative and is shaking things up in a very efficient manner.

In this episode we get to talk about the different campaigns that Surfrider is leading, we learn what cradle to cradle and voluntourism mean, and discover the wild remote cleanups that Surfrider organises in the beautiful surroundings of Tofino and Ucluet Britis Columbia.

If there's anything to take from this episode, I would say, "be the change you want to see". This weekend there are loads of beach cleanups being organized and I may add that Bye Bye Plastic Bags in Bali is organizing their annual "One Island One Voice" beach cleanup too. If you’re out there, do join in.

To get in touch with Lilly, you can contact her on Instagram @lillywoodbury or on her website lillywoodbury.com and you can get in touch with Surfrider Pacific Rim at pacificrim.surfrider.org and @surfrider_pacificrim

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I’ve created a Facebook group so if you fancy joining the conversation after the episode, you’re welcome to: you can find the group on Facebook at The Oceanriders Community. I have also started posting some job offers that would be perfect for surfers there. You never know, maybe you’ll find your dream job? The Oceanriders Podcast is also a twitter account and a Facebook page, so you should be able to connect with me somehow! Use my link tree to pave your way to your preferred social platform. The address is www.linktr.ee/theoceanriderspodcast.

All the links will be available in the Shownotes that are on your podcasting app. You will also be able to find an article on Medium.com with photos of Al and his incredible accomplishments.

Thank you Lilly for being such an inspiration.

Thank you guys for listening.

Until next week, take care, have fun and enjoy the waves.



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